The Snow Dog: They'll be a lot closer to home if something goes wrong and they can glean the same scientific knowledge that they could from a loop-the-Mars mission
rubi_con_man: If you're going to colonize a planet you need 4 males ages 25-32 and 16 females aged 16-22
Head_Shot: Other than the Mars thing...how is this any different than what were doing now?
gadian: I'd do it. The kids would understand, right? Hell, they can come too.
Befuddled: Who would volunteer for this other than someone with a death wish?
Pick: I have always wondered if, on a mission like that, do they have a plan or device to get rid of a body, if someone dies. It would be a bummer to be stuck in a capsule with a dead body, for months.
HotIgneous Intruder: Two astronauts, one cup.
Any Pie Left: Cthulu is my homeboy: I would keep the power, engines, and support with the capsule, and leave deadweight mass and science gear as the counterweight, in case that tether snaps...
Suckmaster Burstingfoam: The story is also on io9 right now.The most popular comment thread there is a bunch of people whining about the fact the spacefaring couple is expected to be "heteronormative".
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: Any Pie Left: Cthulu is my homeboy: I would keep the power, engines, and support with the capsule, and leave deadweight mass and science gear as the counterweight, in case that tether snaps...Doing it that way requires you to have a deadweight mass that weighs as much as the spacecraft itself, which is extremely wasteful when you're talking a billion dollars a pound.It's much easier to just make the tether far stronger than it needs to be to support the weight of the mass at each end.
skodabunny: mummified corpses
Quantum Apostrophe: Head_Shot: Other than the Mars thing...how is this any different than what were doing now?Well, for one thing, the Earth is just a lifeless, dangerous mud ball, a rock, constantly threatened by species-destroying asteroids. Mars on the other hand, is a paradise, the Promised Land of the Space Nutter religion./I just hope the pack a 3D printer
Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: [i1194.photobucket.com image 800x600]Artificial gravity. Because osteoporosis sucks.
Treize26: This just makes me want to play Kerbal Space Program. All they gotta to do make this work is attach some random solar panels to the thing, and make sure they get the staging right so they don't detach the fuel supply for the return voyage like happens every god damned time after hours and hours spent designing the rocket and running the mission. God damnit./gonna EVA those farkers and watch them de-orbit as penance for their (my)failure.
meanmutton: rubi_con_man: If you're going to colonize a planet you need 4 males ages 25-32 and 16 females aged 16-22Turns out that making a civilization work is going to take more than just reproduction.
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